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  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Policy Intern
    • Info: AMHA offers paid Policy Internships. Policy interns plays a critical role in the efficient administration of assisted housing and client service programs for low-income households served by the AMHA.
    • Internships: Check online for available internships.
  • American Enterprise Institute
    • Internships: AEI offers a number of spring, summer and fall internship opportunities in various policy fields.
    • Deadline: Rolling basis
    • Summer Honors Program: This fully funded program offers top undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in discussion-based seminars led by AEI scholars and other experts in public policy, participate in policy briefings, and connect with the ideas and research of AEI.
    • Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for additional opportunities!
  • American Foreign Policy Council
    • Info: AFPC offers unpaid internships to aspiring young policy leaders year round.
    • Deadlines:
      • Summer: March 15
      • Fall: July 1
      • Spring: November 15
  • The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
    • Info: AICGS offers students internships in the spring, summer and fall. Interns have the opportunity to help to build a smarter German-American partnership.
    • Deadlines:
      • Summer: March 1
      • Fall: June 1
      • Spring: October 1
  • Amigos International Summer Program
    • Info: Spend 4-8 weeks volunteering in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, or Panama.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for additional application opportunities!
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Governmental Affairs Internship
    • Info: The APLU offers Washington, DC-based, unpaid internships for students with an interest in politics and the political process, and especially for those interested in higher education and/or science or technology policy.
    • Deadline: Applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships are due one to two months prior to the internship start date. To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your availability, along with your resume to
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
    • Info: BPC offers full-time summer, and part-time fall and spring internships each academic semester. During the summer semester, all projects/departments accept interns. However, during the fall and spring semesters, only some teams accept interns. Check online for for the list of teams accepting interns for the upcoming semester.
    • Deadlines:
      • Spring: January 15
      • Summer: March 1
      • Fall: September 1
  • The Borgen Project
    • Info: The Borgen Project, a non-profit organization aiming to end global poverty, offers telecommute internships in journalism, political affairs, and human resources. Check online for remote available internships
  • Brennan Center for Justice Undergraduate Internships
    • Info: Summer internships are offered at the DC and NYC offices. Interns provide research support and work in a variety of departments.
    • Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • Buckeye Institute
    • Info: The Buckeye Institute offers internships which provide the opportunity to work with Ohio policymakers and obtain valuable skills for careers in public policy and research.
    • Deadline: Rolling basis
  • C-Span Internships
    • Info: The C-SPAN Internship Program seeks to utilize the talents and education of students like yourself who are interested in communications and politics. Check online for available internships.
    • Deadline: Applications should be submitted at the earliest possible date.
  • Campaign Legal Center
    • Info: Interns have the opportunity to work across all of CLC’s issue areas—campaign finance, ethics, voting rights, and redistricting—and across our methods of advocacy, including litigation, state and local reform, and regulatory agency practice. Check online for available positions.
  • Capital Semester International Affairs and Public Policy Internship
    • Info: Spend a semester in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all passionate about public policy issues and making an impact on the world. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience.
    • Deadline: Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2020.
  • Cato Institute
    • Info: Cato’s paid summer internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace—principles that, taken together, constitute libertarianism, known alternately as “classical liberalism,” “market liberalism,” or, to many of our international friends, just “liberalism.”
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: February 15
      • Fall: June 27
      • Spring: November 1
  • Center for American Progress Action Fund
    • Info: American Progress aims to inspire, train, and educate the next generation of progressive Americans. Several full- and part-time internships each summer and academic semester.
    • Deadline: Fall 2019: July 1, 2019.
  • Center for Democracy in the Americas
    • Info: Internships are offered for undergraduates interested in building and improving relations between the United States, Cuba, and Latin America.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 15
      • Fall: July 15
      • Spring: November 15
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies
    • Info: CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring, and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, and project development.
    • Deadline: Applications for available internships are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Center on Democracy and Organizing Summer Institute
    • Info: The CDO is seeking applications from advanced Ph.D. students and early career researchers and organizers for participation in a summer training institute focused on the study of democracy and organizing.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • Children’s Defense Fund
    • Info: CDF interns gain an insider’s view of the role of public interest groups in the policy process and enjoy unparalleled access to practitioners, experts and leaders in child advocacy.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 1
      • Fall: July 1
      • Spring: November 25
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
    • Info: CCL is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Their consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. If you are interested in learning more about or becoming involved in the Higher Education Outreach Team, contact Jess Wilber.
    • Internships: Check online for available remote and onsite internship positions.
  • City of Canton Mayor’s Internship Program
    • Info: The Mayor’s Office offers an internship program for students interested in gaining experience in the administration of local government. Positions are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
    • Deadline: For more information or to apply, contact the Mayor’s Office at 330-438-4307.
  • City of University Heights Mayoral Internship Program
    • Info: The University Heights Mayoral Internship Program offers college students unique experiential learning opportunities in local government. Selected participants will work closely with the Mayor and Department Directors. Placement will be based on a number of factors, including the student’s interests, experience/skills, as well as the City’s needs.
    • Deadline: Submit your resume and a cover letter to
  • Cleveland Council on World Affairs Internships
    • Info: Internship positions may include: International Visitors Program Intern, Model United Nations Intern, Membership & Development intern, Special Events and Marketing intern, Strategic Communications Intern, and Graphic Design Intern.
    • Deadline: Fall 2019 applications are due by August 15.
  • Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program
    • Info: The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work with Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations in an 11-week paid internship. Interns also participate in and coordinate weekly seminars highlighting key organizations and programs being conducted in the local nonprofit and public sectors.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 opportunities!
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
    • Info: The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center offers a collaborative, supportive and creative learning environment with many opportunities for students to work autonomously with the guidance of a supervisor, integrate theory and practice, and develop new projects and initiatives within a nonprofit, social service organization.
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
    • Info: CHCI’s paid internships offer Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.
    • Deadline:
      • Fall: February 15
      • Spring: October 15
      • Summer: December 1
  • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
    • Info: Unpaid internship opportunities are available at Congresswoman Fudge’s Washington, D.C. and Warrensville Heights, OH offices.
    • Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program
    • Info: This is an intensive language and cultural immersion program that allows students to pick one of 15 languages to study overseas.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
  • Cuyahoga County Public Policy Fellowship Program
    • Info: Through the Program, which operates during the summer, entrepreneurial and highly motivated undergraduate and graduate level students gain a broad overview of county government through practical experience in a variety of policy areas.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Applications for summer 2020 will be accepted beginning in December 2019.
  • Democracy Collaborative
    • Info: The Democracy Collaborative works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.
    • Deadline: Check online for open internship positions.
  • Democracy for America
    • Info: Democracy for America offers fundraising, electoral, organizing, and communications internships.
    • Deadline: Rolling basis
  • Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
    • Info: The DLCC Internship Program is designed to provide hands-on experience working with a national political committee and its engagement in a 50-state program. Interns will gain with an unprecedented understanding of state legislative caucus programs and campaigns.
    • Deadline: Check online for available internship positions.
  • Democratic National Committee
    • Info: Interning at the DNC is a unique opportunity for hardworking, passionate future leaders to gain real life, hands-on experience in Democratic politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process and prepare for future political opportunities. Each department offers you a unique learning experience — learn more about each department here.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: Application posted beginning of January
      • Fall: Application posted beginning of February
      • Spring: Application posted beginning of September
  • Department of State Student Internship Program
    • Info: The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
  • Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice
    • Info: Empowering Cleveland pre-teens and teens through engaged learning and discussion.
    • Deadline: Intern with the EYEJ Discussion Series. Contact Abby Jones for more information.
  • Environment America Internships
    • Info: Environment America offers internships nationwide. Interns help to educate and engage citizens, build coalitions, organize events, and lobby decision-makers.
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center: Science & Policy Internships
    • Info: Interns assist ELPC’s Senior Policy Advocates, Policy Associates, Communications Staff and Economists/Financial Analysts with a variety of tasks. ELPC has offices in Chicago, Madison, Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa.
    • Deadline: Check online for available internships.
  • Environmental Stewardship AmeriCorps Positions
    • Info: Join the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) for a year of service! AmeriCorps a public service term, similar to a domestic Peace Corps, promotes serving communities while gaining experience with college loan repayment awards.
    • Deadline: October 1, 2019-September 30, 2020 service deadline is June 30, 2019.
  • FIRE Summer Internship Program
    • Info: These ten-week, paid internship as part of our efforts to educate students about their rights at colleges and universities. This internship gives current undergraduates the opportunity to assist FIRE in defending civil liberties on campuses across the country.
    • Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for additional opportunities!
  • Foundation for Defense of Democracies
    • Info: The FDD is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy. Click here for available Spring 2019 DC-based, unpaid internships.
    • Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.
  • FU-BEST Internship
    • Info: Students interested in doing a summer internship in Berlin can apply for an 8-week placement on a full-time basis (35-40 hours per week). The internship allows students to explore an enriching academic experience in Berlin by immersing themselves in a German workplace and gaining valuable intercultural experience along with skills for their careers.
    • Deadline: The application cycle for 2020 internships is now open.
  • Fund for Peace Internships
    • Info: The FFP offers internships at their D.C. office for students interested in conflict analysis, peace building, security and human rights.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 15
      • Fall: July 15
      • Spring: November 15
  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank
    • Info: The Greater Cleveland Food Bank offers unpaid, part-time internships.
    • Deadline: Check online for available positions.
  • HistoryMakers Summer Fellowships
    • Info: The HistoryMakers invites applications for one of three sets of summer fellowships – Academic ResearchDigital Humanities, and Creative Study. Applicant’s work must come out of their use of, and/or be inspired by, content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive. Submission is open to both university faculty and students.
    • Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for additional opportunities!
  • Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp
    • Info: HISPBC is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results.
    • Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for additional opportunities!
  • House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee
    • Internships with the Ways & Means Committee are available fall, spring and summer semesters.
    • Deadlines:
      • Summer: April 5
      • Fall: June 15
      • Spring: November 1
  • Human Rights Watch Internships
    • Info: Spring and summer internships are offered in multiple locations, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
    • Deadline: Check online for available internships.
  • IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive
    • Info: SSI is a fellowship program for rising college seniors. This paid seven-week summer fellowship program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers in the information security sector.
    • Deadline: Summer 2020 applications should be anticipated March 2020.
  • International Economic Development Council Internships
    • Info: IEDC offers internships in four different categories: economic development technical, public policy, member services, and communications/marketing.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: February 15
      • Spring: July 15
      • Fall: November 15
  • Kościuszko Foundation: Teach English in Poland Program
    • Info: TEIP is a unique three week educational and cultural exchange program in Poland. Applicants need not speak Polish or have Polish ancestry to apply.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
  • Latin American News Digest
    • Info: The Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Spring 2019. Student writers and researchers contribute to weekly issues by aggregating and writing condensed versions of news articles found in Latin American sources. Contact for question.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for additional opportunities!
  • League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
    • Info: Spend a few hours a year or several hours per week with tasks ranging from voter registration to leading a major project.
    • Deadline: Check webpage for current opportunities.
  • Library of Congress Summer Internships
    • Info: The Junior Fellows Program offers a paid ten week internship for undergraduate and graduate students working with Library of Congress collections. The fellows explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of special, legal or copyright collections in many different formats.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for additional opportunities!
  • Max Kampelman Fellowship Program
    • Info: Kampelman Fellows join a team of world-class experts at an independent, bicameral, bipartisan, inter-branch federal agency, the Helsinki Commission, which advances American national security interests by promoting human rights, military security, and economic cooperation.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 15
      • Fall: July 15
      • Spring: November 1
  • Model UN Conference (volunteer)
    • Info: The CWRU Model United Nations is hosting their third annual Cleveland Spring High School MUN Conference, March 6-7. Volunteers will mainly be helping with registration and running the conference behind the scenes. No MUN experience is required.
    • Deadline: Sign up to volunteer here.
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
    • Info: Fall and Spring internships are 11-12 weeks long, paid, and flexible. Applicants can apply for internships within the following categories: Communications & Media Relations; Community Engagement & Organizing; Development & Special Events; and Policy & Legislative Activities.
    • Deadline: Interested applicants for Fall 2019 can send a resume and cover letter directly to Hannah Servedio at
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
    • Info: The NASI is looking for graduate students, recent graduates, and qualified upper-division undergraduate students for placement in its twelve-week, paid, summer internships. Students interested in U.S. social insurance and related issues are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’s nationally-competitive internship programs. This listing was forwarded by Professor White, who is a member of the NASI and can tell interested students more about the organization.
    • Deadline: Check online for available internships.
  • National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Summer Internship
    • Info: This internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation’s capital.
    • Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information.
  • National Endowment for Democracy
    • Info: The National Endowment for Democracy offers a number of internship opportunities to undergraduate students. Check online for available positions.
  • National Republican Congressional Committee Internships
    • Info: The NRCC protects conservative values by growing the Republican majority in Congress.
    • Deadline: Rolling basis
  • National Security Archive
    • Info: The National Security Archive, an independent, non-profit research institute and library, regularly offers internships to students who are interested in international relations and how the U.S. foreign policy bureaucracy functions.
    • Deadlines:
      • Summer: March 15
      • Fall: end of July
      • Spring: December 1
  • Ohio Citizen Action
    • Info: These paid part-time or full-time internships allows students to work with neighborhoods and communities to organize and increase public awareness of local, state and national issues.
    • Deadline: To apply for an informational interview, call 216-861-5200.
  • Ohio Office of the Public Defender (volunteer)
    • Info: The Office of the Ohio Public Defender welcomes contact from current law students, recent graduates, and other interested parties who are seeking volunteer opportunities.
    • Deadline: Applications for unpaid positions on a continuous rolling basis.
  • Organization of American States
    • Info: Summer internships are available in Washington, DC and country offices.
    • Deadline:
      • DC Headquarters
        • Winter/Spring 2020: applications accepted August 17-September 15, 2019
      • Country Offices
        • Session I 2020: applications accepted August 17-September 15, 2019
  • Pathways Program
    • Info: The Pathways Program in the US federal government offers internship opportunities for political science students.
    • Deadline: Check USAJOBS for current available positions.
  • Policy Matters Ohio
    • Info: PMO is a non-profit policy research institute, with goals to create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. Year-round, unpaid internships are offered in both the Cleveland and Columbus offices.
    • Deadline: Fall and Spring applications accepted year-round. Summer 2020 applications begin in February and ends when all positions are filled.
  • Progressive Policy Institute
    • Info: The Progressive Policy Institute is a catalyst for policy innovation and political reform based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock. Check online for available positions.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: applications accepted March 1-May 15
      • Fall: applications accepted July 1-September 15
      • Spring: applications accepted October 1-December 31
  • Public Leadership Education Network
    • Info: PLEN’s mission is to increase the number of women influencing all aspects of the public policy process, including international aspects.
    • Deadline: Check online for available opportunities.
  • Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute for Undergraduates
    • Info: The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help prepare students to pursue Masters’ or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field, through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Applications for Summer 2020 will open Fall 2019.
  • Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program
    • Info: This five-week program at Duke University is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 opportunities!
  • Refugees International Internships
    • Info: Refugees International offers a number of internships during the fall, spring and summer at the Washington D.C. regional office.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 15
      • Fall: August 15
      • Spring: November 15
  • Republican National Committee Internship Program
    • Info: Spring and fall internships are available in all of the RNC divisions. It is recommended you submit your application materials early. Summer internships are the Eisenhower Intern Program, which is a full-time, paid program.
    • Deadline: Spring and fall applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
  • Rumi Forum
    • Info: Unpaid research and project internships are being offered this spring at this organization that promotes interfaith and intercultural dialogue. For further questions, email
    • Deadline: Check online for available opportunities.
  • Scholars Strategy Network
    • Info: SSN is an organization of university-based scholars who are committed to using research to improve policy and strengthen democracy. Check online for available internship opportunities.
    • Currently Hiring: Public Policy Intern (posted 6/24/19)
  • Senator Rob Portman
    • Info: The Office of Senator Portman hosts interns in our Washington, DC and state offices year-round, providing an opportunity for Ohioans and students at Ohio colleges and universities to gain experience working for the people of Ohio in the US Senate. Check online for available opportunities.
    • Deadline: Fall 2019 applications are due July 12.
  • Senator Sherrod Brown
    • Info: Senator Sherrod Brown is seeking college students to serve as interns for the 2019 Fall Semester in his Cleveland office. Hours and duration of the internships are negotiable. The internship is unpaid, but college credits are available for participating schools.
    • Application Details: For additional information, please call Brad Deane at (216) 522– 3020. Or email resume to
  • Smithsonian Fellowships and Internships
    • Info: The Smithsonian offers a wide variety of fellowships and internships.
    • Deadline: Search for available fellowship and internship opportunities online.
  • Social Justice Scholars Study Group
    • Info: The Social Justice Institute invites first-years, sophomores and juniors to apply for the Social Justice Scholars study group. Accepted applicants will receive a $500 stipend for their full participation. Over the course of spring semester 2019, accepted applicants will gather with Social Justice Institute Co-Director John Flores to discuss four books and several short primers.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for additional application opportunities!
  • Supreme Court Summer Internship
    • Info: The Program offers a compelling study experience and valuable exposure to work in a professional environment. Special enrichment opportunities include attending Court sessions as well as seminars organized by the Supreme Court Fellows.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 1
      • Fall: June 15
      • Spring: October 15
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
    • Info: USAID offers paid and unpaid internships for students during the academic year. Listed below are the available internships.
    • Office of the General Counsel
      USAID’s Office of the General Counsel, which provides legal advice and guidance for all of the agency’s operations worldwide, has law internship positions for J.D. candidates who have completed at least one year of law school and for students seeking advanced degrees subsequent to receiving their J.D.
    • Application Deadlines:
      • Summer: January 15
      • Fall: June 1
      • Spring: October 1
    • Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
      This office works to better equip faith-based and community development organizations around the world as they provide assistance to people in need.
    • Application Deadlines:
      • Summer: January 15
      • Fall: July 1
      • Spring: October 1
    • Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs
      USAID’s (LPA) serves as the liaison between the Agency and the American people, Congress, media, and other key constituencies. Interning at LPA provides a broad overview of the functions of all of USAID’s bureaus.
    • Application Deadlines:
      • Fall: February 1 to March 15
      • Spring: July 1 to August 15
      • Summer: November 1 to December 15
    • Bureau for Africa
      USAID’s Bureau for Africa (AFR) designs, implements, and evaluates regional and country strategies and programs within Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Application Deadlines:
      • Fall: February 1 to March 15
      • Spring: July 1 to August 15
      • Summer: November 1 to December 15
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
    • Info: The Internship Program is an essential component in our effort to bring hope and opportunity to the lives of refugees and immigrants. Interns are able to support and build capacity through hands-on learning opportunities and ongoing training on refugee resettlement issues. Intern opportunities vary by location and time of year but include opportunities in direct service, volunteer and donation coordination, employment training, and social media support.
    • Deadline: Contact Karin Wishner at (216) 781-4560 ext. 5010 or for internship opportunities.
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Internships
    • Info: An internship with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee offers an exciting opportunity for college students, graduate students or recent graduates to gain first-hand experience working on issues of foreign policy and to learn about the legislative process.
    • Deadline: Check online for current deadlines.
  • UNICEF USA Internships
    • Info: UNICEF USA offers a limited number of unpaid internships in the New York City National Headquarters and regional offices. Find available internships online.
  • United Nations Foundation
    • Info: The UNF offers unpaid full and part-time internships. Our interns participate in a variety of activities and perform a number of tasks in support of the department for which they work. The number and nature of internships depends on the needs of the various departments.
    • Deadline: Check online for the current open positions.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Internships
    • Info: UNHCR’s Regional D.C. office offers internships each of six units: Caribbean, External Relations, Private-Sector Fundraising, Public Information, Resettlement, and U.S. Protection.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 15
      • Fall: July 15
      • Spring: October 15
  • University of Chicago Data & Policy Summer Scholar Program
    • Info: This four-week summer program offers top global undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study at the University of Chicago and gain a foundation in data analytics, policy research and professional development.
    • DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
  • University of North Texas NSF REU program on Conflict Management and Peace Science
    • Info: This program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in graduate-level research in conflict management and peace science in a senior faculty-mentored, in-residence, eight-week, Summer Research Experience that integrates training in civil conflict management with training in Geographic Information Systems, and training in research ethics. Contact Dr. John Ishiyama at for any questions.
    • Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
  • US Heartland China Association Internship
    • Info: USHCA has a remote, unpaid internship position open.
    • Deadline: To apply, please send a resume and an English writing sample (e.g., a class paper) to Patrick McAloon at
  • US Together
    • Info: UST, an immigrant and refugee services organization, is currently seeking two interns.
    • Deadline: Interested students can apply here.
  • Victims of Communism
    • Info: The VOC is seeking spring 2019 interns who possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and the dangers of collectivism. The internships are based in Washington, D.C. Check online for available positions.
    • Deadline: Fall 2019 applications are currently being accepted.
  • Voices for Ohio’s Children Internship
    • Info: Voices presents several opportunities for students to build skills in nonprofit administration, legislative advocacy, event planning, community development, and more.
    • To Apply: Send your resume and a 1-2 page writing sample to
  • Vote Smart Internship Program
    • Info: The Vote Smart Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics from a nonpartisan angle.
  • Washington Center Internships
    • Info: For more information please contact the Washington Center advisor Professor Justin Buchler.
    • Deadline:
      • Fall 2019: Still Accepting Applications
      • Spring 2020: early deadline: October 9, 2019; regular deadline: November 6, 2019
      • Summer 2020: early deadline: February 19, 2020; regular deadline: March 18, 2020
      • Fall 2020: early deadline: April 8, 2020; regular deadline: May 6, 2020
  • Western Reserve Historical Society Internships
    • Info: The Western Reserve Historical Society offers unpaid summer internships in public history and non-profit management. Check online for available internships.
  • White House Internship Program
    • Info: Internships provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
    • Deadlines:
      • Spring 2020: Application Posted July 1; Application Due August 23, 2019
      • Summer 2020: Application Posted November 18, 2019; Application Due January 10, 2020
  • Women’s Foreign Policy Group
    • Info: It is crucial to ensure that women’s voices are heard and women leaders are fully engaged on policy decisions. At WFPG, we advance women’s leadership and highlight their contributions through international issues and mentoring programs.
    • Deadline:
      • Summer: March 25
      • Fall: August 15
      • Spring: November 25
  • Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship
    • Info: This scholarship allows students to study or intern abroad during Summer 2019.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for additional opportunities!
  • Boren Scholarships
    • Info: Scholarships for varying lengths of international study are available for students interested in national security.
      DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • Ellen and Matt Feldman Internship Grants
    • Info: The awards of $4,000 each will empower CWRU humanities and social science students to explore their passion and curiosity through the internship experiences of their choice.
      Deadline: Look for updated application information in Fall 2019.
  • Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship
    • Info: Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing for a career in public service.
      Deadline: Look for updated application information in Fall 2019.
  • Point Foundation Scholarships
    • Info: Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Scholarships are available to full-time students. Click here for eligibility requirements.
      DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!

Interested in pursuing undergraduate research? Or sharing the research you’ve been working on?

Check out the current research opportunities below!

Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Assistantship Program

Interested in working on research with Political Science Faculty?

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that the Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Assistantship Program is now accepting applications! This program offers funded research opportunities for Political Science majors to work with faculty and to be mentored in political science research. Majors are encouraged to meet with individual faculty members to determine if they have research opportunities available.

This program is made possible by a generous alumni donor.

Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competition

The OAEPS is hosting its Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competition. To participate, students must submit a full length paper written during the 2018-19 academic year and present their research at the annual OAEPS conference. 

Paper submissions are due August 11, 2019.

Click here for more information.

  • City Year
    • Info: City Year is a nonprofit, fueled by national service, dedicated to improving student outcomes in our nation’s highest need schools.
      Deadline: Next application deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship
    • Info: The Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship is a paid opportunity that immerses talented, emerging leaders from across the country in the work of Cleveland’s public sector for 12 months, providing them an opportunity to develop their skills, enhance their networks, and jumpstart a career in public service.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020-21 application information!
  • Coro Fellows Program
    • Info: Throughout the nine months, each Fellow participates in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs, including a final independent project of the Fellow’s choosing. These diverse projects aim to both complement and challenge the Fellow’s experiences and interests.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • Global Health Corps Fellowships
    • Info: A range of paid fellowships with roles at health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia offer the opportunity to develop as a transformative leader in the health equity movement.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program
    • Info: Recent college and graduate school alumni are invited to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.
      DeadlineDeadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • JET Program
    • Info: The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations as translators.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020-21 application information!
  • MA-Security Studies
    • Info: The University of Akron Political Science Department offers an MA in Security Studies for students interested in pursuing national security occupations.
      Deadline: Admissions are rolling.
  • Office of Evaluation Sciences Fellowship
    • Info: The OES is currently accepting applications for one-year fellowships beginning in October 2019 in Washington, DC. OES is a team of applied researchers tasked with applying insights from the social and behavioral sciences to federal programs and measuring its impact to help make the Government work for people.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020 application information!
  • Ohio Chapter of the American Public Works Association Graduate Scholarship
    • Info: Individuals who are seeking a Graduate Degree in Civil Engineering or Public Administration (or a closely related degree) are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020-21 application information!
  • Ohio Legislative Service Commission Legislative Fellowship Program
    • Info: The LSC sponsors 23 – 24 paid thirteen-month legislative fellowship positions designed to provide college graduates with practical experience in the legislative process. This experience often leads to permanent employment opportunities in the legislature, state government, or related areas
      DeadlineDeadline passed.
  • Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program
    • Info: The Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • PhD Studentship at Loughborough University London
    • Info: Exceptional candidates who want to enrich the field of contemporary French, British and/or European studies, with an approach that is pluralistic, inclusive and interdisciplinary are invited to apply for this program.
      Deadline:  Click here to learn how to apply.
  • Princeton in Africa Fellowship
    • Info: PiAf offers year-long fellowships in several African countries.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020-21 application information!
  • Princeton in Asia Fellowship
    • Info: PiA offers several year-long fellowships in many Asian countries.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020-21 application information!
  • Princeton in Latin America
    • Info: PiLA offers year-long fellowships throughout Latin America.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020-21 application information!
    • Info: PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh by inviting talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
    • Info: The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
  • Teach Abroad with CIEE
    • Info: CIEE offers multiple programs of varying lengths to teach English in nine different countries.
      Deadline: Applications have varying deadlines, check online.
  • Teach for America
    • Info: By joining Teach For America, you will become part of a network of leaders shaping the political, economic, and social future of our country. Check out some of the inspiring ways our alumni are leading across education, business, policy, law, medicine, and more. All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and DACA recipients.
      Deadline: 2020 application deadlines will be posted August 2019.
  • Teaching Assistant Program in France
    • Info: Spend seven months teaching English to French students of all ages.
      Deadline: Deadline passed. Check back later for 2020-21 application information!
  • Campaign Legal Center
    • About: CLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. CLC is adamantly nonpartisan, holding candidates and government officials accountable regardless of political affiliation.
      More Details: Check webpage for available positions.
  • Center for Community Solutions
    • About: CCS is a nonpartisan think tank focused on solutions to health, social and economic issues. Community Solutions’ efforts are critical to the work and effectiveness of direct service organizations in Northeast Ohio.
  • Center for Election Innovation & Research
    • About: CEIR is an innovative non-profit with a proven track record of working with election experts from around the country and from both sides of the aisle. We seek to build voter trust and confidence, increase voter participation, and improve the efficiency of election administration.
      More Details: Check webpage for available positions.
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
    • About: CNP is leading the revitalization of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. It impacts the community by providing financial support, training and capacity building efforts to community development corporations (CDCs), supporting and performing placemaking activities to improve residential, commercial and greenspace properties, and delivering economic opportunity programming to ensure city residents can thrive where they live.
      More Details: Check webpage for current opportunities in the Cleveland community development system.
  • Common Cause
    • About: Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
      More Details: Check webpage for available positions.
  • Foundation for Defense of Democracies
    • About: FDD is a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy. FDD conducts in-depth research, produces accurate and timely analyses, identifies illicit activities, and provides policy options – all with the aim of strengthening U.S. national security and reducing or eliminating threats posed by adversaries and enemies of the United States and other free nations.
      More Details: Check webpage for available positions.
  • Global Witness
    • About: At Global Witness, we protect human rights and the environment by fearlessly confronting corruption and challenging the systems that enable it.
      More Details: Check webpage for available positions.
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
    • About: ODOT is a state government agency that provides and maintains highways, passenger and freight rail systems, bikeways, aviation, waterways, and port facilities for transporting people and goods throughout the state of Ohio. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, ODOT is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. We’re seeking hard-working and qualified folks to join our team.
      More Details: Check webpage for current opportunities.
  • Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
    • About: OBCDC’s mission is to develop and revitalize the community by uniting and empowering residents, business leaders and government around plans and initiatives and achieve social, economic, and civil improvement.
      More Details: Check online for available positions.
  • Pathways Program
    • About: The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.
      More Details: Check USAJOBS for current available positions.
  • ScribeAmerica
    • About: ScribeAmerica hires and trains anyone interested in a career in medicine. We provide paid classroom and clinical training in the emergency department to prepare applicants to be Emergency Physician Scribes. The role of an ER Scribe offers exciting first-hand experience in the emergency department and full one-on-one shifts working with board certified emergency physicians.
      More Details: Check webpage for current opportunities.

Please note that the Department of Political Science alerts our students to a range of opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and jobs.  We do not endorse or sponsor these, and leave it to the judgment of our students what is most useful and appropriate to them.